“Life’s Most Persistent and Urgent Question…”

… is what are you doing for others.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For some, it is a time to remember. Some people may honor this day by taking a moment of reflection, some may post something about MLK on Facebook, and some may get a day off work to run errands.

This week, the LSS Touching Lives team of bloggers will focus on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Be sure to check the blog throughout the week to learn more about Dr. King and how we value and apply his work, words and action into our work at LSS.

What many may not know is that in 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King day as a National Day of Service. It is the only federal holiday observed as such. So, that gets us back to one of Dr. King’s amazing quotes, “Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is what are you doing for others.”

For over 1,000 Sioux Falls area residents, they can easily answer that question by saying they mentor a child. What is your answer to “life’s most persistent and urgent question?”

Today, LSS hosted a try-it event with potential mentors. For those, many were off work and made it a day ON and not a day OFF. We worked on a project to create a poster of the world, kids could write their dreams and when it was all put together, it shows that we all see the world a little different, but we are all part of it. 20150119_121251

If you are searching for an answer to the question, additional opportunities to try out mentoring take place on Tuesday, January 20, 11:30-12:30 at Hayward; Thursday, January 22, 11:30-12:30 at RF Pettigrew and on Tuesday, January 27, 11-12 at Robert Frost. There is still room for more volunteers at each opportunity!

The try-it events are coordinated by a few of the several AmeriCorps members serving at LSS. This year, each member did some type of community service project to celebrate MLK Day. We are thankful for their passion for service!

Whatever your answer to what you are doing for others is, we hope you find joy in it and that it moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” And if you are still searching for your answer, please consider mentoring a child. Apply today.

Post by Michelle Madsen, Director LSS Mentoring Services

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